Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

Sahlep is a delicious creamy Turkish drink. I found sahlep powder in a Turkish shop, that I bough without knowing what it was. In the internet ( I found the explanations and this delicious ancient recipe. Sahlep, a Turkish winter drink, is made from the dried powdered roots of a mountain orchid. The powder is then heated with milk, sugar and cinnamon to make a thick dairy beverage. In modern day Turkey, sahlep is used to cure sore throats and coughs and is only served during the cold months.


  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Boil, whisking continuously, for 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Pour into two cups.
  4. dust with cinnamon.
  5. enjoy.
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This is a different and fun drink :) It grew on me with each sip. I had to change it somewhat to fit our diet of dairy free, so I used Make Your Own Almond or Cashew Milk which is creamy. It was good and I do use almond milk as a sub often. I'm not sure why it says instant tea, I think it should only say salep powder from looking at other recipes on Google. I wonder if this recipe is calling for real salep powder or the salep drink mix. Reading online, I understand it is hard or maybe impossible to find real salep powder outside of Turkey, so since I do not reside in Turkey and I imagine with regards to what I read online the fake stuff would probably contain corn starch I used potato starch and added a splash of Iranian rose water (Iranian part being my preference) after heating since I also understand the powder to be aromatic like a flower and lightly taste of a flower. I followed the rest! Made for Veggie Swap 31 ~ February 2011.

UmmBinat February 11, 2011

I just came from a trip to Istanbul. Real Salep (it is not Sahlep) is very expansive. It is 750Turkish Lira which is $250 per kilo. But it is delicious. The Salep mix you buy does not contain any salep. Boy it is so delicious. My husband thought I was nuts when I told him I was going to buy a real Salep and it was $250 per kilo. $125 per pound. He asked me to make it again. You do not use a lot. But you can tell the difference.

ada.sabin September 18, 2015

Ahhh...comforting! I *finally* made this! I've been looking at it for years, lol. I did some googling since I've not been able to find sahlep powder. So, I used 2T cornstarch for 2c milk. I did double the sugar, as per personal preference. I added about 1/2 tsp orange flower water, 2 wee drops of coconut extract (does sahlep taste a bit coconutty?) The end result was creamy - the cornstarch didn't turn it into pudding! - and delicious! I shared it with my daughter who is also very happy now. Be careful when heating milk....nothing, nothing, nothing, BOIL OVER! (I did catch it in time). Made for NA/ME Tag Winter '14.

Elmotoo February 19, 2014